2012 Tenuta di Sesta Brunello di Montalcino SKU #1295602


DC 93 JS 92 RP 92
VN 92 WS 92 WE 90
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  • Andrew Stevens
    By: Andrew Stevens
    K&L Staff Member
    Tuscan sun on a stormy night was how I felt last night sipping this spectacular Brunello. It was the second day of being open and in an absolutely perfect drinking window. Red cherry and spice swirled on the nose and continued onto the palate. The wine that was promised when I first opened it on Tuesday was fully there Wednesday night, generous fruit of the 2012 but with the fantastic structure and dusty minerality of this region.
  • Sharon Kelly
    By: Sharon Kelly
    K&L Staff Member
    This wine is the reason why I am currently in the midst of an Italian wine phase. When all of the elements of a great wine come together like they do in this bottle, it really is a beautiful thing. This has plenty of finesse and approachability with a dusty red fruit profile bearing characteristics of crushed stone and earth, leather, wild herbs, and well-integrated tannins. It makes me want to cook myself a four-course meal, complete with an elaborate table setting and indulge in its elegance. Outstanding.
  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    K&L Staff Member
    Everyone just about flipped out for the 2010 Brunello, but I have to say I'm enjoying the 2012s MUCH more at this stage in their development than I did the 2010s. I love the bold richness of a great Brunello, but the best must always have an Italian elegance that's difficult to accurately describe without experiencing it directly. For me the 2010s lacked some of that quality and replaced it with a striking baked fruit theme that stretched across nearly every producer. The 2012s are a return to a calssic elegance after the ultra hot 2011 vintage. Tenuta Di Sesta has really outdone themselves with this wine. Full and textured. Clearly youthful, but so lifted and open. Dense dark red fruit on the nose. Hints of cranberry, dried hibiscus, fresh unsweetened cherry compote. The palate is mouth filling and unctuous, but not heavy at all. An absolutely diamond smooth tannin and a fabulous base of earthy spice balance out that ultra seamless red fruit. Not even an implication of oak spice or vanillas, just perfectly elegant Montalcino for a ridiculously low price. If you consume this anytime in the next 5 years allow for a minimum 1 hour decanted. This one loves air.
  • Heather Vander Wall
    By: Heather Vander Wall
    K&L Staff Member
    I love this winery in most vintages, but for me the 2012 vintage is drinking particularly well. There is a great marriage of savory notes, black cherry fruit, and olive in this wine, that is irresistible. I'd highly recommend a good decant (1-2 hours) before enjoying, so that you can access all the layers of flavor present here. Don't think that the goodness ended with the 2010 vintage in Montalcino, this beautiful 2012 is so elegant and well-balanced, that it would be hard to point to a better wine for the price.
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    The Tenuta di Sesta Brunello is one of the best, ready-to-drink values in fine reds right now! It’s showing beautiful, concentrated flavors of cranberries, raspberries and plums; orange peel and mint with a smokey savory edge and just a hint of saline. Incredible complexity, depth and balance for what amounts to a bargain price in the world of Brunellos.
  • Mike Parres
    By: Mike Parres
    K&L Staff Member
    Big wine, little price!!! Do not let the price let you think that this is a lesser wine. This is a Great 2012 Brunelli that will develop over the years. If you open this wine in the next couple of years, give at least four to five hours decanting.


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